Something to look forward to: Last year, AMD released the Ryzen 7 5800X3D processor, which featured its new “3D V-Cache” technology. The chiplet cache design allowed AMD to triple the L3 cache found in the processor, resulting in significant performance gains in games. After months of waiting, AMD is finally bringing the technology to the AM5.
In January, AMD unveiled its first line of Zen 4 X3D processors. While the CES announcement confirmed the specs featured inside the CPUs, AMD didn’t reveal MSRPs or release dates for the hotly anticipated chips. Yesterday, AMD unexpectedly announced these and other details.
First up, the 12-core Ryzen 9 7900X3D and 16-core Ryzen 9 7950X3D debuted on February 28th for $599 and $699, respectively. Those looking to get their hands on the more affordable 8-core Ryzen 7 7800X3D will have to be patient. It becomes available April 6th for $449.
While the MSRPs for these processors are relatively close to their non-X3D counterparts, CPUs in the AM5 family sell well below expected prices. Consumers should expect the new X3D chips to cost anywhere from $100 to $200 more than a processor without the technology.
During the CES keynote, AMD claimed The new 7800X3D can perform up to 25 percent faster in games than its Zen 3 counterpart, the Ryzen 7 5800X3D. What’s more, the higher-performance 7950X3D is said to be up to 24 percent faster than the Intel Core i9-13900K processor.
The new Ryzen 9 processors with 3D V-Cache may fill the gap in productivity tasks that was hugely prevalent in the previous 5800X3D. While this processor struggles in application benchmarks, the 7900X3D and 7950X3D should compete squarely at the top, with the latter outperforming the i9-13900K in some tasks by as much as 52 percent, according to AMD.
All three X3D processors feature the same base power draw of 120W and a maximum power draw of 162W, which is lower than both non-X3D Ryzen 9 models. The cache design of the chips on the X3D chips causes them to generate more heat at lower voltages, forcing AMD to limit Of which. Because of the high temperatures, AMD recommend Minimum 280mm liquid cooler for newer processors.
In general, the new AMD processors are an excellent choice for gamers. The introduction of the Ryzen 9 models also means buyers will no longer need to sacrifice productivity in favor of gaming performance. Just make sure you have a suitable cooler for these chips.